Sarina Wiegman will take over from Phil Neville as the new England Women head coach, starting her role in September 2021.
The 50-year-old Dutchwoman was the Football Association’s preferred choice out of the 142 candidates who applied and this week the two parties worked out the last details of the contract and the start date.
Wiegman was keen to lead the Oranje at the Tokyo Olympics and has been granted that wish. The FA said on Friday that it would now “renew its dialogue with the home nations in respect of the postponed Tokyo Olympics as well as the 2024 Games, and a decision on the head coach for the Team GB next year will be announced in due course”.
The FA announced in April that Neville would not extend his contract when it expires next summer and will be delighted to have got its No 1 choice on a long-term deal. Wiegman led the Netherlands to victory at the 2017 European Championship on home soil took them to the final of the World Cup two years later.
Wiegman said: “I am delighted and honoured to join England Women next year. England is the cradle of football and the major developments in women’s football globally over recent years have been led by the FA. I’m very much looking forward to contributing my experience and expertise to this ambitious team.
“The ride with the ‘Oranje Lionesses’ have been amazing so far, but we haven’t reached our final decision yet. There are two more goals: qualifying for Euro 2022 and challenging at the Olympics next summer. That would be a fitting completion for me of everything we’ve strived to achieve in women’s football in my home country.”
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Wiegman won 104 caps for the Netherlands during her playing career. She managed ADO Den Haag Women before becoming Netherlands Women assistant coach in 2014, taking over as head coach in 2017.